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Poster: snoori Date: Aug 1, 2014 4:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: From Britain's Best Newspaper yesterday

IN PRAISE OF .... Phil Lesh

"Phil Lesh, who has just played two nights in London, represents an extraordinary phenomenon: the rock musician growing old gracefully, hard at his honest work. Once the bass player of the Grateful Dead, a group so far out on the edge of respectability that they were blamed for leading the Rolling Stones astray in the aftermath of the disastrous Altamont festival, he is still playing with ingenuity and imagination in the tradition that he and his cohorts half invented and half stumbled on, which turns American folk musics from jazz to Appalachian bluegrass and rock into a glorious and nourishing musical stew. Most of his peers are either dead, retired, or playing in bands that have turned into karaoke cover acts of their very much younger selves. Lesh keeps trying, like Dylan, to make the music fresh and surprising every night and most nights he succeeds triumphantly. So what if he still can’t sing: we’re nonetheless grateful he’s not dead."

'IN PRAISE OF ...' is a daily feature on The Guardian's editorial page. I don't usually read it twice. Sadly I'm too far away from London to have seen his shows.

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Poster: wlg3 Date: Aug 1, 2014 7:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: From Britain's Best Newspaper yesterday

Well written, and it's even better when you read it in your mind with a British accent.

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Poster: Reade Date: Aug 1, 2014 8:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: From Britain's Best Newspaper yesterday

I thought Phil was tired of the road and was gonna instead set up shop for long stretches in one place. Two nights across the pond?

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Poster: jgIynn1.2 Date: Aug 1, 2014 8:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: From Britain's Best Newspaper yesterday

Did they just say Bob Weir is a Karaoke cover act?!?!?!

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Poster: snoori Date: Aug 1, 2014 8:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: From Britain's Best Newspaper yesterday

I take it to mean artists from the Dead's contemporaries, but the notion did cross my mind.

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Poster: jgIynn1.2 Date: Aug 1, 2014 8:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: From Britain's Best Newspaper yesterday

haha - exactly, but I couldn't help myself. Hope all is well with you!

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Poster: snoori Date: Aug 1, 2014 9:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: From Britain's Best Newspaper yesterday

Fine thanks, been on a bit of a Johnny Winter binge of late. All well with you ?

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Poster: jgIynn1.2 Date: Aug 1, 2014 9:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: From Britain's Best Newspaper yesterday

Doing quite well - some sailing & some beach time this summer. Been listening to alot of Todd Snider & John Prine lately. Will probably queue up some Johnny later - currently listening to Special Ed & the Short Bus.

Sad hearing of Johnny's passing - the last time I saw him was out east on LI at a winery and it was a fantastic intimate outdoor venue. The PA system went out and Johnny waited a little and then when it wasn't promptly fixed resumed playing just through the amps and the whole crowed got quite as mice so we could all hear the music. Really cool and special hearing it right through the amps.

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Poster: mzlizizaninja Date: Aug 1, 2014 11:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: From Britain's Best Newspaper yesterday

the original white guy with a black heart; his music and attitude lives on in legacies to so many...quite the show on the Go To Heaven tour, I gather from the set list a friend sent on a KOA post card...

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Poster: mzlizizaninja Date: Aug 1, 2014 11:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: From Britain's Best Newspaper yesterday

Bob came in second at the southside Legion the other day, but he did win the much coveted meat raffle